ellie topps chunky basil pasta -- quick help needed tia

momagain1July 22, 2012

From Ellie Topp's Small Batch Preserving.


8 cups coarsely chopped peeled tomatoes -- (about 9-12 tomatoes or 4 lb)

1 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

2/3 cup red wine

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon pickling salt

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 6-oz can tomato paste

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, wine, vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, sugar and tomato paste in a very large non-reactive pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes or until mixture reaches desired consistency, stirring frequently.

Remove hot jars from canner and ladle sauce into jars to within 1/2 inch of rim Process 35 minutes for pint jars and 40 minutes for quart jars in a BWB. Makes 8 cups.

***I DONT HAVE RED WINE, have some red wine vinegar...so does this mean I should not make this recipe? ***

I know in regular recipes you can use water in place of wines etc..but I know that we cant just do that when canning...

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I am NOT an expert here, but do you have any other kind of wine? I am thinking red wine is about the same difference as white wine, but red is more for the taste???
Do you have a neighbor or friend who can give you a bit of wine?

I am very curious, please let us know what happens.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 6:47PM
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no, we are NOT wine drinkers AT ALL....

and I have chickens for a neighbor on one side, a cornfield on the otherside...a cornfield behind me and a li'l ole lady next to me lol...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:55PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

You could use additional red wine vinegar in lieu of the wine, as it's more acid than the red wine would be, but I'm thinking you probably won't be very happy with the results as it's going to make the sauce super-sharp.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 7:58PM
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SWEET! Hubby just found our Red Cooking Wine...

I can use that right???

(coming from someone who NEVER uses wine lol...)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:22PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

Ugh. (Sorry, my prejudice.)

You can, but cooking wines are inferior wines that have other additives (to obscure how awful they are) and additional salt. Lots of salt.

You might, for future reference, have a wine-drinking friend purchase or recommend a nice Merlot or Pinot Noir. There are lots of perfectly decent ones that won't cost any more than the fortified "cooking" wines.

You can keep it just for cooking. Leftover wine can be frozen in ice cube trays and added to stews or saved for the next canning project. Freezing is perfectly fine for wine that's going to be used but not drunk from the glass.


    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 1:28AM
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Hubby went and found me a cheap red wine...so we did not use the cooking wine :-)

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Several vintners put their wines in "airline" size bottles, single serving, you know what I mean? My mother who does not drink red wine will keep a few of these in her cupboard for when a recipe calls for red wine. No spoilage of unused wine, and they last forever.


    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 2:04PM
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ok, general statement from kids is they LOVE it enough to make more! !!!!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 8:38PM
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